Wearing sunscreen during sunny days is important, but sometimes it is simply not enough to achieve a healthy and vibrant looking skin. It is why we use such antioxidant boosters as Vitamin C and E.
More about Vitamin C...
Vitamin C is a non-enzymatic antioxidant, which means it is not naturally produced by our body, but it can be found in some foods for example.
Vitamin C is known for protecting your skin from damaging free radicals, it neutralizes them. Which is why applying a product that contains Vitamin C in combination with a sunscreen that protects against UVA rays, is more effective in neutralizing free radical damage from sun exposure, and preventing premature skin ageing.
What about Vitamin E?
When it comes to UVB rays, that cause sunburn, Vitamin E is the perfect antioxidant for extra protection.
Vitamin E is a naturally occurring vitamin that you can find in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, but it also exists in a chemical form, usually known by the name of “tocopherol”. It is a powerful antioxidant that helps protecting your skin from free radical damage, and has anti-inflammatory and hydrating effects. All these properties make Vitamin E a perfect booster for sunscreen.
But how do antioxidants prevent free radicals from causing damage to our skin cells?
Free radicals are unstable molecules that are in need of an electron, that they usually take from a stable molecule, which after becomes unstable. But antioxidants have a free unpaired electron, which they give to the free radical, and prevent it from damaging stable molecules.
These free radicals are not only generated by external sources like environmental pollution, toxic metals, cigarette smoke and pesticides, but also internally in our body system.
In our body, we have such enzymes as Superoxide Dismutase (SOD-2) that converts free radicals to oxygen and hydrogen peroxide, and Glutathione Peroxidase that then catalyzes the reduction of hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen. Together, they protect the skin from premature ageing.
Find out if your skin produces a lot of free radicals and if you are at risk of premature skin ageing, by doing our DNA Skin Analysis.
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